Migration Museum, Adelaide

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Learn about European immigration and settlement of South Australia at Migration Museum, a social history museum located in what was once the city’s destitute asylum. Between 1850 and 1918 the building housed deserted and destitute men, women, and children, but today maintains both permanent and rotating exhibitions. Featuring nine modern galleries, the museum showcases the history and culture of native peoples before European colonization, as well as the impact immigration had on the country starting with the 19th century. The oldest museum of its kind in Australia, this site aims to promote multiculturalism and tolerance through the preservation and understanding of South Australia’s diverse cultures. Our Adelaide online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Migration Museum and other Adelaide attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Hard to put a bad to a free Museum. It is not the most spectacular Adelaide but it lets you learn many things about the different waves of immigration in Australia, if you read all the texts displayed in English. Small museum, allow 45 minutes max visit, not audio-guide. Opens at 10:00.
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  • Enthusiastic helpful staff, who were keen for visitors to ensure visitors experienced all the museum has to offer. The Destitute Asylum moved me to tears. It was fascinating listening to schoolchildre...  more »
  • Until you see all the displays in this museum, it's not very obvious how many nationalities have settled successfully in South Australia. It's a real eye opener.  more »
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  • This museum was a real eye opener for Australian as well as international guests. The museum tells the interesting tales of migration to South Australia in particular but also of all Australia more broadly since collinization. A lot of hard truths in evidence here and certainly would change some peoples worldview. Highly recommend a visit to this venue. Free entry and takes 1 to 2 hours to take it all in.
  • Free admission. I really liked the small size of the museum. I'm the kind of person that reads all the historical information so I'm happy that everything was concise and essential. I spent around 1.5h and I think that it's hard to spend more time there. For its size it's very well made, maintained, and accurate. Go learn about how Adelaide came to be!
  • Great social history on the first migrants to Adelaide and their impact. Very clean with lots of information, and awesome location. Free entry means you can pop in and enjoy the air conditioned space anytime
  • Contemporary and historical migration stories make this a poignant and affecting visit.
  • Friendly staff, a great place to learn about Australia's migrants. Kids will enjoy it too.

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